The Scorpion and the Frog
A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the
scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The
frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion
says, “Because if I do, I will die too.”
The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream,
the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of
paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown,
but has just enough time to gasp “Why?”
Replies the scorpion: “It’s my nature…”
Lecture 1 – How to Start a Startup
Our good friends Sam Altman and Dustin Moskovitz asked us to share this two part lecture series on how to start a company.
Scaling business growth is one of the key components that separates the winners from the losers in the startup world. Nothing is more hampering on business growth than an inability to garner more customers, more quickly. It’s make it or break it when it comes to having the customer acquisition, especially when resources are constrained and the business is in its nascent stages. It is such stages, where the company is using bubble-gum and duct-tape to bootstrap their way out of expensive startup capital that some of the most brilliant ideas are born. In fact–according to Malcolm Gladwell— it’s in this gutter of no man’s land that true innovation is truly born. The cliched mantra holds true: necessity is the mother of invention.
Walter Isaacson, author if “Steve Jobs” and “The Innovators”
Walter Isaacson and two pioneers of the Internet, Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, discuss Isaacson’s new book, and how their collaboration changed the way the world communicates.
In his new book, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, Walter Issacson explores the power of creative and disruptive innovation.
This conversation, led by Cerf, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist, and delves into Isaacson’s story of the Digital Revolution and the people who made it happen.